It's been over a year since I've been here! Things have changed a lot! Here's a new #introduction
I'm Brad, 33, he/him (mostly), in the US midwest, working on space science hardware (as far as I can get from the military-industrial complex)
I want to:
- Live in community with friends
- Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism
"but why, zuph, why?"
because i like to install things with reckless abandon and then not clean up after myself, is why.
A lot of people like to joke, "Heh, we'll have fusion in 20 years, 20 years ago, am I right?"
It seems like most of them don't realize that we're funding fusion research at such abysmally low levels that it probably won't ever happen. It's not the technology is infeasible, that these scientists are loonies that won't realize these things are impossible.
It's that we're starving the research efforts to death.
If we were solving problems worth solving, we'd have fusion power and a global logistics network capable of ensuring no one ever went hungry.
And yeah, at its root, all of this is because of capitalism, but that doesn't make it less frustrating to work under.
I think one of the most frustrating things about working with technology is that the hard problems, the problems worth solving, are never the problems that you can get time, money, or people to solve.
Having some truly bizarre problems with Ubuntu on my T495: USB devices show up and work fine if they're present from boot, but if they get plugged in after boot, or removed and plugged in again, they stop working. Don't show up in lsusb, and I can see a disconnect in dmesg, but nothing on reconnect.
Like, I just pull in this crate? And write a little struct to keep my command line arguments in? And it automatically generates help info from docstrings? wth
I've been digging more into #rust this weekend, and I'm having these constant moments of unadulterated joy: "You mean it just WORKS?! Like that?!"
Combing a strong type system with a low-ish compiled language with great tooling, I can easily see this replacing Python for making loads of little command line utils for me.
electronics, science, space, bad puns, and one day escaping to the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism.
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